The Art For Aid Project was developed by Eastern Métis artist Colleen Gray to collect new and gently used art supplies for remote Indigenous schools and communities across Canada. The goal is two-fold:
1. To connect Indigenous youth to art, the endangered teachings, traditional techniques and knowledge of the culture through teachers, Elders and the community.
2. To encourage art exploration in schools and communities, as this area has always been vulnerable to cutbacks.
Art is a beautiful form of storytelling and record keeping - it allows the creator to purely express a thought or connection, and allows the viewer to enjoy and feel moved by that expression. A thing made beautiful or given energy by its creation becomes a vehicle for the transportation of the message. We support this effort by raising awareness of issues being faced today by remote Indigenous communities through teaching, presenting at events, highlighting how people can help, and of course, by sending in art supplies.
Please help put valuable art supplies into the hands of educators and students who need them! Donate today through our secure website, and specify that your donation is intended for the Art For Aid program. Monetary gifts of $20 or more are eligible for a tax receipt, which we send out in February.
FOR MORE INFORMATION on how you can help send supplies to remote communities or to book a workshop with Colleen, please visit the Art For Aid website.